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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Ballarat's beautiful Art Deco legacy
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Legend has it that Ballarat's streets were paved with gold. Not quite but close. A lot of money was poured into its architecture, however from the 1860s on.

Ballarat is also known for its significant Art Deco buildings when it reinvented itself after the Great War (1914 - 1918).

Many of these were built by wealthy citizens around Lake Wendouree, its famous regional tourist attraction which is well-worth a visit. Some of the houses in this area are the Ballarat equivalent to Melbourne's Toorak or South Yarra.

Of particular note is the subdivison near the Lake called, the Hamilton Estate.

Many of the beautiful homes here were designed by Ballarat born architect Herbert Leslie Coburn (1891 1956) and highlight his affinity with Art Deco in the mid 1930s.

Coburn taught Architecture and Building Construction at the Ballarat School of Mines from 1922 until 1948. He used local brick from the Ballarat Brick Works in many of his constructions.

A Coburn home was featured in the ABC show "Who's been sleeping in my House

He built in contrasting colours. Many of his homes featured cream-coloured outside walls, with lines and patterns contrasted by darker bricks.

The ABC's series "Who's Been Sleeping in My House" featured Ashcombe, one of his architecturally significant Ballarat homes.

The Ballarat Branch of the National Trust of Australia (Vic) is organising a walking tour of this estate. Which might be a very pleasant way to spend your Sunday on the 27th of April

There will also be a second tour of Sturt Street and some of the adjoining streets in the area where you can see some of the more formal Art Deco buildings.

One of the most important Art Deco buildings, that is bound to come up on this tour, is the Civic Hall. Many residents have actively been involved in trying to save this beloved and significant building. You can hear the ABC broadcast on this topic here.

It has been derelict for some 12 years and the Ballarat Council wants to demolish it. Some 72% of the townsfolk want it preserved.

It is certainly a place dear to my heart as it is where I made my stage debut. I think I was as a tree in the primary school play.

So many of our iconic buildings are torn down and the loss of Civic Hall would be a major loss to this important heritage city. You might be interested in reading or signing their petition . Or in finding out more about Ballarat's beautiful Art Deco buildings by attending these walks.
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Why? To enjoy some of Ballarat's stunning Art Deco buildings
When: Sunday the 27th of April 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Phone: 5332 8223 email
Where: Please contact the organiser for exact starting point.
Cost: $5 per person
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